The Flip Side Of The Schedule

May 21st, 2018

Favorable final month.

When Joe first saw the 2018 schedule, he nearly had a stroke.

Given how this team needs wins desperately if for no other reason than to save jobs, and how the Bucs in the post-Chucky era usually have gotten off to rotten starts, sometimes forcing Bucs fans into draft-mode by Halloween, opening the season against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers freaked Joe out.

But as Scott Smith of points out, the schedule will balance out later.

The Bucs host their three NFC South foes in the final three home games of the season. So if by some good fortune the Bucs are within a puncher’s chance of a wild card, hosting their three division rivals in December is a good thing.

Too bad the Bucs have the worst NFC home record at the Den of Depression since Chucky was jettisoned.

14 Responses to “The Flip Side Of The Schedule”

  1. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    We have definitely got to change our home field DISadvantage. One of the best parts of our schedule is opening on the road in a game we’re supposed to lose anyway. I suspect the Bucs are going to shock the Saints down in the Big Easy.

  2. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Just win please

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    screw the SOS!!!!!no excuses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  4. Says:

    We can compete with anyone. FREE THE AMISH RIFLE. TOP 10 QB wilting on our bench.

    GO BUCS!!!

  5. Steven007 Says:

    SOS is a hugely overrated and disproven metric. Thomas Bissinger (minus the paragraph of platitudes and weirdness Joe must add to his name) just penned a great piece regarding this very subject for the Times. In fact when I saw this I thought the Joe’s were riffing off that article. I don’t have the link handy but it’s easy to find on the Times sports page. or I’m sure someone else will link to it shortly.

  6. Buddy Says:

    Copycat story from today’s Tampa bay times???SMDH

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Strength of schedule is an excuse that bad teams use to justify losing. Many things can happen from season to season. Just play and beat the team in front of you, it’s simple.
    Admittedly I have not looked. Is it common that division rivals in other divisions play each other consecutively late in the season? It seems weird to me that back to back seasons our last games of the year are always against the division.

  8. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Nah I didn’t trip over the schedule. This regime needs to show the fans that they’re contenders not pretenders. I never wanted an easy schedule just so we can get knocked out of the playoffs in the first round (titans). This schedule will test everyone’s metal.

  9. SOEbuc Says:

    Against the toughest division in the league which we have been in the bottom of the basement for years.

  10. Dapostman Says:

    I would much rather play the better teams early then later when they are hitting their stride. Love that we get Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at home back to back in week 2 & 3. Looking forward to a 10 – 6 season.

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Don’t give me this ‘Strength of schedule’ don’t matter junk, people. I remember 2010 when you people said we only went 10-6 because our schedule was too easy.

    Traditionally, the NFL always gives the Bucs the toughest schedule possible. That’s just the way it’s been. No point in denying it. No point in whining about it.

  12. Sweeptheleg Says:


  13. adam from ny Says:

    reality is if your team is a kick ass machine, then any schedule dealt your way is pie…when is the last time pats fans cried over the patriots schedule…like never…if the team kicks ass then any schedule looks like a piece of cake…let’s eat some red velvet cake boys!…

    eat some freakin’ W’s

    win bucs win!

    win rocky win!…said adrian

  14. adam from ny Says:

    the bucs should develop a win and your in mentality…

    you ask what a win and in mentality is?

    1 – play porn on all tv’s in the locker room

    2- payroll all players girlfriends and wives to give them no poonany

    3- after a victory, on sundays and mondays, the players girlfriends and wives drain all weasels twice (double draining)

    4 – then back to work tuesday thru saturday, with no mo poo

    5 – you will have horndog savages going into gameday on sunday, yearning for a victory and some of that ass

    so basically win and get in some taco!